Snow Apple / Fameuse apple trees

Snow Apple / Fameuse apple tree
  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Juicing 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

Fameuse is one of the oldest apples originating in Canada, with a history dating back to the early 18th century in Quebec, and probably much older.

It is also known as the Snow Apple, and as the name suggests, is a hardy variety, and very well-suited to the north country.

Fameuse has distinctive bright white soft flesh, with a sweet wine-like flavor. It is the probable parent of McIntosh, and the crimson skin, white flesh, and sweet flavor are characteristics of most of its descendants.

Last orders for delivery to reach us by 30th April

Snow Apple / Fameuse apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.11 rootstock  (dwarf)less than 5 in stock $29.00

Delivery discounts. Prices are for individual trees excluding delivery. There is no minimum quantity but it is cost effective to order in multiples of 4 trees.

Delivery period: Trees are delivered in March and April. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in a warm zone (e.g. Southern California, Alabama etc.) Fall delivery is possible. More details on our spring shipping schedule by state.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Snow Apple / Fameuse


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 2?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Canker: Some resistance?
  • Scab: Very susceptible?
  • Mildew: Very resistant?
  • Fireblight: Some resistance?



  • Country of origin: Canada
  • Period of origin: 1650 - 1699
  • Fruit colour: Crimson
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green


  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • USDA Zone 4: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -30F / -34C?

Pollination guide for Snow Apple / Fameuse

Snow Apple / Fameuse is in flowering group 2. Snow Apple / Fameuse is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Snow Apple / Fameuse apple trees

Fameuse is one of the hardiest of all apple varieties, and a good choice for all northern states. It is susceptible to scab but very resistant to most other apple diseases.

The main horticultural challenge is its tendency to lapse into biennial bearing - fruiting in alternate years. This can sometimes be prevented by heavy thinning of the fruitlets in the "on" year.

Historical details

Fameuse is strongly associated with the French-speaking province of Quebec, and it is thought it was raised from seedlings brought over by early French settlers to Canada. It is known to have been planted in the USA by the 1730s.

Whilst it is an interesting variety in its own right, Fameuse is perhaps best known as the probable parent of the popular McIntosh apple variety. It is therefore at the head of one of the most important apple pedigrees, with dozens of descendants, many of them commercially important varieties.

Fameuse is widely known in English-speaking areas as the Snow Apple, reflecting its ability to thrive in northern climates.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Snow Apple / Fameuse'